Emphasis is placed on developing novel concepts and methods in the broad field of geographic information science for sensing, storing, accessing, analyzing, and managing spatial data as well as modeling, extracting, integrating, visualizing, and communicating spatial information.
Students in the Spatial Information Science and Engineering program of The University of Maine build on a solid foundation in computer science, mathematics, physics, geography, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, engineering and related fields to study spatio-temporal phenomena and design intelligent spatial information systems. In addition to these concepts, the design of spatial information technologies requires a comprehensive understanding of the social, legal, economic, and institutional issues affecting such systems, a commitment to human users and ethical uses of such systems, dedication to the ethics of broad access to information, and commitment to quality of information.
The research interests of our faculty are currently predominantly in the area of Spatial Computing, including spatial cognition, spatio-temporal reasoning, geospatial ontologies, data streams, geosensor networks, spatial data science, and location privacy.
Objectives of these programs include:
The core objectives of the graduate programs include interdisciplinary study of the nature and function of spatial information systems, and the technical study of the design and evaluation of methods and processes to capture, represent and analyze spatial information.
Graduate courses cover formal representations of spatial phenomena, database systems, geographic information systems, human-centered design and information policy. Research topics may be selected from any of the principal areas ranging from geographic information science, spatial and spatio-temporal reasoning, spatial cognition and spatial interface design, spatial database systems, geosensor networks, to legal and managerial aspects of spatial information systems. Many research topics require an interdisciplinary approach and, therefore, courses taught in other departments complement the program offered.
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- Principles of Geographic Information Systems
- Geographic Information Systems Applications
- Spatial Analysis
- Human Computer Interaction
- Information Systems Law
- Spatial Reasoning
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
January 1 for Fall start, then rolling if space is available
DisciplinesInformatics & Information Sciences Geographical Information Systems (GIS) General Engineering & Technology View 433 other Masters in Informatics & Information Sciences in United States
- We are generally seeking students that score at the mean or above on the verbal, quantitative and analytical segments of the GRE exam and in the 50th percentile or above on the exam overall
- We generally seek an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
- At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent.
- Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission
- Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required
- Test scores
- Letters of recommendation
International1503 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1503 USD per credit during 12 months.
National1503 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1503 USD per credit during 12 months.
In-State461 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 461 USD per credit during 12 months.
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